North Canterbury eNews July 2017


25 June 2017

July eNews

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Public Talk: Greening the Red Zone - Ashley Campbell and Denise Ford

7:30pm, Tuesday 11th July 2017
WEA, 59 Gloucester Street (op. Art Gallery)

"Why green the red zone?" - Ashley from Greening the Red Zone will explore the many benefits of returning the red zone to nature, and outline Greening the Red Zone's proposal.  

"An Avon-Ōtākaro Forest Park in the making" - Denise from the Avon-Otakaro Forest Park group will share her group's vision of a forest/wetland park in the Avon Red zone, what they are doing on the ground, and how a forest park could be achieved.

What happens next in the Red Zone is extremely important both because this presents a wonderful opportunity to return some of Christchurch's lost ecosystems and because the right choices now could provide some positive healing for our community, especially in the east.

It is important that we brave the winter weather and turn up to listen to and support these speakers who are working so hard for Christchurch's future. 

Supper and a chat afterwards. All welcome.

Working Bees

For more details of our working bees, please go to our website here

  • 'Sanctuary' braided-river project
    1pm-3pm: Thursday 13th July
    Western end of Coutts Island Road

10am-2pm: Saturday 29th July
Different location, see here for details.

Boyle Base

We are looking for more volunteers to help with trapping at Boyle Base in the Lewis. You will be accompanied by an experienced trapper. A great chance to experience the beauty of the South Island mountains.

Ring Lesley Shand: 03 379 0316


Tougher ECan rules on nutrient run-off approved

Environment Canterbury recently announced more restrictive rules in relation to nutrient run-off and water quality for farmers, aquaculture and industry across Canterbury, and also specifically in the Upper Waitaki Zone.

The aim, under Plan Change 5 of the Land and Regional Water Plan, is to better control nutrient run-off from farms across the region and in the Mackenzie Basin under the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM).

Plan Change 5 means farmers will have to operate under industry agreed ‘Good Management Practice’ rules which require the preparation of a Farm Management Plan, and to register this with ECan. If certain requirements cannot be met then, a land use resource consent will then be needed to limit nitrogen loss through an audited Farm Environment Plan.

ECan says Farm Environment Plans must identify areas of significant indigenous biodiversity and list ways of mitigating adverse effects.

Nitrogen loss limits, which don’t come into force until 2020, are defined as those which existed on a farm between 2009-13, but if current loss rates are lower, then these apply. The question remains, however, whether the new rules will be enough to limit increases in the nutrient load in freshwater in the Upper Waitaki?

In the Mackenzie the new regulations take immediate effect, if there are no appeals, restricting the area of a property that can be used for winter grazing and irrigation. Councillor Peter Skelton says that they are consistent with the recent controversial Plan Change 13 under the Mackenzie District Plan.

Plan Change 5 is subject to appeal to the High Court on points of law only.

Ainslie Talbot

Celebrating Kea

3:00 pm, Saturday 1 July
Kea shelter opposite the DOC visitor centre, Arthur’s Pass village

Everyone is invited to attend the opening of the Arthur’s Pass kea information shelter and citizen science project. We will celebrate kea – our precious iconic bird – by having a local mid-winter gathering! This has been a community project initiated by the Arthur’s Pass Kea Team in partnership with DOC, Kea Conservation Trust and the Arthur’s Pass Wildlife Trust with huge time and effort from many volunteers and sponsors.

Tea and cake will be provided afterwards at the Community Centre (end of School Road) with a BYO barbeque and drinks to follow. There will be an opportunity to try out the new online sightings database for the first time so you can enter in all your kea sightings.

More information on the project can be found here.  Please RSVP by 27 June to

Let’s make this event something to remember and really celebrate our most charismatic local bird!

It's here! The climate solution for NZ that we've all been waiting for.

7.00pm, Wednesday 26 July
Space Academy, 371 St Asaph Street

Join Generation Zero to hear all about Generation Zero's Zero Carbon Act - a framework for a powerful new law to get New Zealand to a safe, thriving, zero carbon future by 2050.

The format of the evening will include a keynote address, a short presentation by Generation Zero, followed by a Q+A panel with Forest & Bird. There will also be the opportunity for those interested to find out how to get involved with the campaign. Light refreshments provided. Light refreshments will be provided.

Contact rosalee to find out more.

Other Events

Braided Rivers Seminar

8.30am – 5.30pm, Thursday 29 June
Lincoln Events Centre (15 Meijer Dr. Lincoln) 

This seminar carries on from historic workshops held at Environment Canterbury and a TAG (Technical Advisory Group) workshop with a wider focus on braided river birds. A subsequent workshop, hosted by the Ashley Rakahuri Rivercare Group, resulted in the creation of BRaid in 2006. The workshop format has evolved into a seminar.

Register early for your free ticket here, as the previous workshop was booked out.

Celebrating Matariki and the Voices of the Third Sector

6.30pm – 9.00pm, Thursday 29 June
Ara Institute, Coventry St, Te Puna Wanaka Whare Kai

After sharing kai, as a starter for the evening conversation,  a speaker from each of these four wellbeings (economic, social, environmental and cultural) will summarise some themes they see emerging from the Third Sector. 

For details see here

Please bring a plate of kai to share.


Get in touch!

If you have any questions, suggestions or just want to say hello then please drop us a line.

Chair - Colleen Phillip (Ph: 981 8556)
Secretary - Frances Wall
Treasurer Ainslie Talbot
KCC - to be confirmed
Mahoe-nui Bush - Helen Hills
Website, eNews - Michael Godfrey
Boyle Base - Lesley Shand (Ph: 379 0316)
Calder Green Reserve - Mick Ingram (Ph: 03 384 8080 / 021 816633)

Membership - for changes to membership or donations.  (Ph: 0800 200 064)

Committee members - 
Valerie Campbell
Steve Attwood

Penny Wright
Helen Hills
Hugh Thorpe
George Moon
Rick Robinson
Shannon Gilmore
Gabriel Calcott

Facebook group.

Links of interest

Advocacy groups freshwater rescue plan

Canterbury's high-country lakes 'under stress'  

Writer Margaret Atwood on plastics.

Latest update from the MacKenzie Guardians.